Hearts close to signing defender Juwon Oshaniwa

HEARTS are close to securing the signature of Nigerian defender Juwon Oshaniwa.

Juwon Oshaniwa, right, battling with Angel Di Maria at last year's World Cup. Picture: Getty

Oshaniwa is believed to be heading to Tynecastle on a three-year contract having received a work permit.

The 24-year-old, who represented his country at the 2014 World Cup, is a free agent after leaving Israeli club FC Ashdod. He can play at both centre back and left back.

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Oshaniwa told the AfricanFootball.com website: “I am very happy with the development. Going to play in Scotland is a good move for me.

“The profession is about movement and I am looking forward to joining the team and moving to a bigger level. It’s a sign of better days ahead for me.”

Oshaniwa would become the Tynecastle club’s fourth signing of the summer, joining Gavin Reilly, Juanma Delgado and fellow defender Blazej Augustyn.